Call to hire a Researcher in the NIEM project on migrations

. Sunday, 14 March 2021

CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) opens a call to hire a researcher for its area of Migrations, in particular for the NIEM1 project with the possibility of working on other projects. The candidate will participate in the research related to the integration processes of asylum seekers and refugees, to the impact of COVID-19 in the migrant population, as well as to discourses on immigration.



-        Master’s Degree in political and social sciences, particularly on migration policies and/or inclusion of migrants.

-        Holding a PhD in political and social sciences, particularly on migration policies and/or inclusion of migrants, will be an advantage.

-        Five years of experience in the field of research in migration and asylum policies.

-        Track record of publishing research articles in high impact academic journals, think tank papers and other relevant forums.

-        A high knowledge of English spoken and written. Fluency in Spanish. A good command of other languages would be an advantage.

-        Ability to solve problems, analytical skills, ability to work both autonomously and with an international team.



-        Research in the NIEM project on integration processes of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection, the impact of COVID-19 in the migrant population, as well as to discourses on immigration in mass media channels and in the political debate. Preparation of the NIEM project annual report.

-        Produce academic articles, scientific reports and CIDOB publications for the general audience. Participate in mass media channels to disseminate research results.

-        Take the lead in planning and organizing activities and conferences.

-        Participate in the activities and projects of the Migration Area and in the meetings of the research team; collaborate with other research areas at CIDOB.

-        Participate in communication and dissemination activities of the Migrations area at CIDOB.


Conditions of employment 

Contract period: full-time temporary contract ending on the 30th of April 2022, probationary period of three months. 

People from states other than those that are part of the European Union must provide a residence and work permit, in accordance with current regulations. 

Remuneration: 28.000-30.000€ annually gross, according to labor category stablished in the Collective Agreement of CIDOB. 

Foreseen starting date: mid April 2021


Application Procedure: 

Please send a CV with a cover letter and a recent academic article (as a single author) to indicating “Researcher NIEM project” in the subject of the email. 

Deadline for submitting the application: 14th March 2021 

After evaluating the candidates, CIDOB will ask the selected candidate (the candidate with the highest score) to provide a copy of the academic degrees and language certificates indicated in the requirements to verify their authenticity.


Recruitment process: 

The selection process follows the spirit of the principles detailed in the European Commission’s General Principles and Requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. 

The evaluation of candidates will have two phases: 1) Preselection of candidates based on their CV, cover letter and submitted academic article. The candidates who best fit in the position will be preselected. The selection criteria will value their studies and training, including formal and informal education, proven experience in research and high level of languages, credited internationally; 2) Interview stage. The Evaluation Committee will assess the specific competences and knowledge of candidates and their suitability to the research group and center. A score between 0 and 10 will be given to candidates, including strengths and weaknesses. 

The Evaluation Committee is the body responsible for presenting a proposal of selection and shall be composed of three complementary profiles. The Committee will guarantee gender balance between its members. The body will be composed of:

-        A management position

-        Research Coordinator

-        Principal Investigator of the NIEM project


The Evaluation Committee will nominate the person with a better score, after concluding a joint deliberation process. Based on the proposal, CIDOB Direction will award the temporal position to the best ranked candidate. 

Candidates can use the complaint mechanism or ask for further information regarding the evaluation process during the next 10 days after the announcement of the results. To that end candidates should write an e-mail with their concerns to

The results of the selection process will be communicated to the applicants from the 6th April 2021

Protection of personal data: The data of the candidates will be processed to manage the selection process. The entity responsible for processing is the Centre d’Informació i Documentació Internacionals a Barcelona (CIDOB). The legal basis for the processing of your data is your consent, which you grant when submitting your candidacy.

Your data will not be communicated to third parties, except for those arising from legal or contractual obligations of CIDOB. If not selected, your data and CV will be destroyed within a maximum period of 6 months after the completion of the contracting procedure. To obtain more information or to exercise your rights of access, rectification, deletion, opposition, limitation or portability of your personal data, you must send an application to the attention of the Security and Ethics Committee, C/ Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona or by email at

1- The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) Project, cofunded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), aims to measure and improve integration of beneficiaries of international protection. The final purpose is to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection.